The Pros And Cons Of Golden Rice

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When is food safe enough? From my point of view, food is safe when it does totally no harm to individuals consuming them. However, that is never the case. Food is safe enough when the benefits of eating, especially for nutrition, far outweigh the damage done by consumption. With Golden Rice, the largest risk is not recognizing its huge potential in improving vitamin A status of millions of people, especially children, around the world. The resistance to using modern biotechnology, as displayed by the various oppositions of genetically modified organisms (GMO), such as the Golden Rice is enormous, something that indirectly kills millions of people in the world.
Eversince the inception of experiments for the Golden Rice, debates about it have been going on. Supporters of the Golden Rice, a genetically engineered cultivar to produce beta carotene, a precursor of Vitamin A, has only one straightforward argument, and that is the Golden Rice can enhance the vitamin A status in rice-eating populations and thus reduce malnutrition and health problems related to vitamin A deficiency. On the other hand, opponents of the Golden Rice have arguments such as the general health concerns against genetically modified crops, availability of other vitamin A deficiency interventions like supplementation, fortification of food products, home vegetable gardens and diet diversification, and the domination of self-seeking multinational companies in the development of genetically modified crops. In
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